DIY window valance (naked no more)!

Tired of seeing my bathroom window frame naked (what an exhibitionist!), showing it’s stuff all nilly willy … frame not fitting, etc. (see closer photo here), I ventured into creating (DIY’ing) a valance. The result? I love it! (hubs loves it too!). I hope you do too, and if you are in the mood to save some moolah and “dress your window” maybe you will even create your own. Here’s my recipe.

I purchased the fabrics, a chevron design + canvas (see why I mixed both here), and cut it with a 4″ overhang over the 33″ x 9.5″ wood.

I found a cleat / hardware (hallelujah!!!) that helps me simply slide the valance into place (the wall). It was the PERFECT solution (hardware), bec I intend to change the valance seasonally and with this amazing design I can simply slide out and in replacement valances (wohoooo!). Next, I needed the muscle. In comes hubby . . .

. . . to help drill the hardware into the concrete wall. As I created (DIY’ng rocks!!!) the valance. 7 Steps: 

1. get wood cut to size, like I did here. I measured the window width and added a 1″ overhang on each side.

2. wrap batting around wood, staple, and cut excess batting 

Batting is added to soften the sharp corners of the wood for when we add the fabric.

3. wrap fabric(s), staple, cut excess fabric I folded the corner fabrics in a triangular style. At least 3 out of the 4 corner, the last was hard to fold so I just stapled it like crazy. Don’t worry about how the corner folds look as they will not be seem. “But first, let me take a selfie. Song still cracks me up!

4. spray a water shield if your fabric is not an outdoor fabric.

5. drill 1 side of the cleat hardware to the wall 

6. screw other side of the cleat hardware into the back of the valance (wood)

7. grab a ladder and slide that kick-ass DIY valance into the wall (cleat). 

Recipe/ Steps Recap:
1. get wood cut to size
2. wrap batting around wood, staple, and cut excess batting 
3. wrap fabric(s), staple, cut excess fabric
4. spray a watershield
5. drill 1 side of the cleat hardware to the wall 
6. screw other side of the cleat hardware into the valance’s back
7. grab a ladder and slide cleated valance into the cleated wall

Cost recap:
1. Wood $8.52
2. ½ yard Fabric (chevron) $2.99 (on sale!)
3. ½ yard Fabric (canvas) $4.5
4. ½ Batting $5 (cost was $9.99, but I only used ½)
5. Cleat / hardware $14.29
6. water (mildew) shield $9.99
7. Installation $0.00 (free kisses to hubby)
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Total cost $45.29

 

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2 Responses to DIY window valance (naked no more)!

  1. antonio says:

    The window looks so much better with clothes ; )

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